Mr. Truck 8-24-09
August 24, 2009
Good ideas often come from necessity. Rick Weber, while a contractor, worried about his workers hooking up his trailers. It would take them a long time and when he would investigate what was taking so long, much to his surprise he would find an employee standing between the truck and trailer signaling to another employee that was backing up the truck. Visions of hospitalization and workman’s comp convinced Rick that he needed a better way, for his workers safety and speed.
I use trailers weekly and can back up to a trailer if there’s room to be straight inline with a trailer, but if at an angle or in mud or snow, you can’t get there the first try. You can get inline with the trailer coupler, but usually on one side or the other and with mud and snow, you may never get close enough. But with Weber’s Side Tracker, just get your ball and coupler lined up on one side or the other and crank the trailer sideways. You can’t just “kick over” today’s heavy trailers.
The Side Tracker on a bumper pull trailer moves the trailer jack back out of the way of your truck tailgate when down. The new jack placement also makes cranking the trailer jack easier since it’s closer to the trailer axles. Side Tracker comes with standard hand crank or optional power track with electric or hydraulic power.
It’s so cool to use your trailers jack to move the trailer left or right to match your ball to the coupler. You know the story, you back up, get out of your truck, see how close you are, try it again then you are too far to the other side of the ball. Each time you back up, you have to judge the distance from the trailer to the truck again as well as trying to move the truck over the right amount. Once you’ve used the Side Tracker, you won’t want to hook up without it; it’s a happy smile device!
On gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailers, Side Tracker has 20 inches of movement or 10 inches to each side from the center of the jack. On bumper pulls, tag-a-longs and travel trailers, there is 11 inches of movement or 5.5 inches from the center of the jack. Another benefit of Side Tracker for gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers is being able to move your trailer closer to a wall in a storage building because now you can move your trailer 20 inches sideways.
Side Tracker attaches to the bulkhead of gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers. Double jack applications will be available. The standard manual crank systems for Side Tracker works well on gooseneck trailers and bumper pull trailers. An electric and hydraulic option will be available.
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Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his Web site, http://www.mrtruck.net.